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The article, “Breaking down the myths of health-care management” by Henry Mintzberg states
“Health care is about serving people. Yet it is being managed badly, with serious consequences to patients, argues celebrated McGill University management professor Henry Mintzberg. He calls it an epidemic: Managing without soul, which is common in organizations throughout society, including health.
“Many managers these days seem to specialize in killing cultures, at the expense of human engagement,” he writes in his new book, Managing the Myths of Health Care.
“Leadership programs these days too often leave people with a distorted impression of management: Detached, generic, technocratic. Technocratic detachment is bad enough – numbers, numbers, numbers. The worst of it is also mean-spirited, by bullying people and playing them off against each other.”
You won’t hear words like those in most discussions of health care. Indeed, usually we hear numbers or ideological critiques. But inside hospitals, as patients or staff, we see the reality of his words.
Mr. Mintzberg highlights several damaging health care myths we harbour:”
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